Pool safety is critical for landlords and property managers, and the pool safety laws changed in Phoenix in June of 1991. For everybody who has a pool older than 1991, you’ll be grandfathered into these laws. After 1991, new rules were added that addressed what you have to do to prevent accidental drownings.
Fences and Locking Gates
You may be required to have a fence with a locking gate. That means either a fence around the pool or a fence that covers any access points to the back yard. That might include the sliding glass door from your home or the fence that goes to your back yard. There must be locks on those doors, and they have to be able to be locked.
You can avoid putting up a pool fence by making sure that any access points to the back yard are self-locking. That means if you open the door, it automatically closes behind you and locks. So, your gate can have an automatic latch and your sliding glass door can have a lock that slides into place. Doggie doors also need to be protected and secure, and then you are in compliance with all safety requirements.
It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to put these protections in place. Putting in an entire pool fence is the best way to protect yourself and your property. Otherwise, make sure your sliding glass door has a mechanism to lock automatically. Set the lock high to prevent children from unlocking it. There are also mommy alarms that hook high on the door so if someone opens it, you have to press the button or you’ll hear a loud alarm alerting you that the door has been opened.
Talk to your insurer and talk to your contractor when putting in the pool. There are things you can do on your own, and you can also get help from a company that does property management in Phoenix.
If you have any questions about pool safety in Phoenix or anything regarding Phoenix property management, please contact us at HomeQwik.